Highly addictive , Highly frustrating
While I love this game for the simplicity and challenges, I’ve also grown a deep hatred for it. For starters, 5 long tiles? C’mon now... I have had certain games where I’m on fire till my next set of moves require a 2x 5 long tile, 4 long diagonal tile and completely just slaps my ego to the ground and constantly stomps it to the ground with its size 24 boot. I wish we were given the option to rotate or maybe just re-roll a new set of tiles (Please don’t add this as an in game purchase-able refill type option). I love this game and think its awesome through & through, but it’s just so frustrating when i know my move sets are perfect but get hit with such obscurely difficult tiles. Anyways, hope to see some updates soon cause this game is great. Hate to see another phone shaped hole in my wall because of the inability to change the outcome of such a great round ruined by that obnoxious 5 long, 4 diagonal, C/U (Backward/upsidedown) shaped tiles.
Random or pre-determined?
I downloaded this game because it looked like an interesting and challenging puzzle game. While those things did seem to be true at first, it seems as if the tiles you receive are not random as the developers state. When I first started playing, I was able to achieve multiple games with scores over 1000. Now, I can not even come close to achieving that. It would be blasphemous to assume that my strategy/skill at the game has decreased, so what exactly is the reason for this? While it could be purely coincidence, I would bet that the developers purposefully created the game in such a manner that makes it essentially impossible to top a player’s high score. I have come to this conclusion through not only my experience, but the experience of other reviewers. By intentionally making the game more, players will play the game increasingly more in order to beat their high score. The more people play, the more ad revenue the creators collect. While I cannot be certain in my assumption, I am confident that this is the case. It seems unethical and, quite frankly, pathetic. The concept of this game is awesome, and I commend the developers for that. However, I refuse to overlook this stain on what is an otherwise very-well created game. I would love to hear back from the developers about the perceived randomness of this game.
By Pinched Penny
August 2020: Been playing consistently now for awhile and have decided to change my rating from a 5 to a 2. There have been no significant updates for a long time. Nothing that adds to the game play or makes things more enjoyable. The bug mentioned previously had been fixed back in April but I held out hope for a sort of endless version. Now that it is August and the version history has been mostly performance updates, I’ve given up hope for any additions for game play.
A real shame as I think there is potential to make this game better and more fun.
Old review: Been playing for a few months now. It’s my go to zen game. Feb 14 though I was surprised to be hit with a “bug” that has made my enjoyment of the game increase over 9000. Instead of the game ending at 500 points, it allowed me to keep going. And going. And going. I got up to 9000 points and felt really satisfied with that. My normal highest is only 2900 something. Which I know isn’t very high, so this made me feel great! Please make this a mode or something. I go back to this day just so I can keep playing this “mode”. I think I’ll cry if it’s fixed or something. Please, please, please keep it!!!
This is literally my favorite game and I play it for hours on a daily basis because it's really relaxing and just kind of mindless enough that I can play and watch TV at the same time or just relax in bed. That being said, while I do enjoy the new updates I also hope that they decide to make separate modes because recently a ton of new puzzle pieces were added and while it's nice because it adds another challenge it's also a problem /because/ it adds challenge. I preferred it when the blocks were simpler and I didn't have to watch out for like a million combinations. Now there's so many shapes that my board fills up too quickly and the game ends too soon.
I'm not saying that the new pieces should be removed completely, but I think they should add modes based on difficulty so people like me can play more casually. Over all it's a great game though and I'm glad it updates frequently. :)
It was fun, average game now
So, my fiancée and I have been playing this game since December 2019. In January her app updated to the new pieces and it turned a pretty cool game into something I’ll say is average. Now three months later my app updated to the new pieces (I bought the app to avoid the terrible commercials). Now I’m out the money, the relaxing game, and bragging to my fiancée about how the new game wasn’t a ploy by the developers to make more money... this is the first time I’ve had to eat my words to her. She had me write this to tell you all I was wrong, the game was better before. Today will be my last day with this app. Take care developer folks.
I reduced down to two stars after receiving a canned developer response about their feel they need more and more of your money - I paid once and got good - then it was changed to presumably to get more from me. I get that your goal is to maximize your reach in to the pockets of players, but can you look to just make it reasonable and not so greedy - no one likes a greedy game. Just strike a balance at the start and let’s all just get along and have fun!
Love the game...
By Free At Last 1
....but hate all the ads. Would pay for it to get get it add free.
Okay, heard from the developer. You can remove the ads for a payment of $4.99. Well worth it to me. Can play forever with no ads! Life is good!
Looks like I got excited too fast. I paid for the cancellation of the ads on my iPad and expected them to come off my iPhone as well. After all, when you get the app, it shows up on both platforms regardless of which one you ordered it on. Imagine my surprise when I opened the app on my phone and the ads were back. Have written to the developer but if I have to play two times to play without ads, I will cancel the charge with the credit card company and remove the app from my iPad and iPhone. Buyer beware
Okay, I was contacted by someone who explained how to get it ad free on my iPhone and iPad. Very easy to do. So as I said originally, I just love this game!
My kind of game
I love this game because it is not sudoku; where you need to fill up the board , or Tetris where you can turn the tiles to its sides, although rarely, I wish I can turn the block to fit it perfectly on the board and keep on playing-. Ido play to challenge myself to get beat my score. I do as fast as I can , to fill the board minding only the 3 tiles given me. I do not worry about the next sets of tiles. I do not worry about racing against time, which I truly hate. I know the developers get their earnings from ads you see as you play, but I just set my tablet on airplane mode and I can play repeatedly to get my better score ( which rarely happen because I play it mindlessly and at a pace I enjoy.) No ads on airplane mode, battery seems longer.
Thank you for this game. It is definitely one of my very few favorites.
Was fun until the tournament.
I enjoy playing this game a lot and was surprised by the tournament. So, I joined it. I was completing well being the #2-4 player in the tournament up in till there was about 3 day 6 hours left. Then it all went to hell!! The game crashes so much my phone started to have issues. Like my battery that would last me playing the game almost alday would last maybe 2-3 hours.
Game crashed so much that it would take 10-15 minutes to make a move then the game would crash and reset the move, which might that 15-20 restarts of the app to replay the move again.
The for some reason my screen name was changed from Xwoive to Concerned Weasel, and my ranking was removed on my iPhone back to just entering the tournament from 2 place. When I had to switch to my iPad Pro which was working even worse than my iPhone, I saw that my ranking and name where still at 3rd place. I also found that in settings is a prank mode In the game.
I just want to play and not deal with crashes, pranks, this is app ticking me off!
Data Backup Issue
I opened my app to notice my game name was not what it was supposed to be and there was no way to change it or get it back to what it was. So, I uninstalled my app and reinstalled hoping it would help my problem so that when i reopened the app again my name would be correct. Instead, I open it to find that everything I’ve done back to January is just gone, all the data, all my scores, all of the daily challenges I did, everything, like the game hasn’t existed until August. I can’t scroll back to January to redo it all, it won’t go any further than the 1st of August. I’m not sure what happened here, my phone saves my data every time I play, so I’m pretty disappointed that I’ve lost all my progress. I usually like this game, but I’m not sure I even want to play anymore after everything I did just to lose it all, I’ll have to start all over and from August vs. January. 🤦🏻♀️ Of everything, it saved my highest score, but that was all. 🤷🏻♀️
Amazing Strategy Game!
By Chazarian Island
This is a great, challenging strategy game with randomization, a difficult combination.
I’ve seen a lot of reviews that the game is too random or involves no strategy. I heavily disagree! The strategy of the game is that you can’t rotate the blocks or see the next shapes. Even though this is randomization, you need to prepare space for anything. If you could rotate the blocks, the challenging part of the game would be lessened. I think not being able to rotate the blocks adds an interesting, challenging twist on games like Tetris. Another counterpart to Tetris this game offers is the slower paced strategy, unlike Tetris with a constant pressure being applied. You can’t rotate blocks because you have time to think about what position the blocks could be placed that would allow non-rotatable pieces to fit.
The one thing I will suggest is that a, “Watch ad for another life,” or, “Pay *in-game, purchasable currency* to continue,” system is NEVER added! I feel like the challenge could be negated if this type of system were added, although the choice is up to you developers.
In conclusion, the fact that you cannot rotate blocks and/or see what pieces you will get in the next set adds a challenging twist to this game! I just hope an ‘Do this’ for a new life system isn’t added.